Over the next week or so I am going to present some arguments, or apologia, in support of faith in God – in particular, the Christian faith.
As I do this, I make no claim to original ideas. There is very little new under the sun, and I have borrowed from the writings of Augustine, Aquinas, C.S. Lewis and others. I trust that I will be able to present these thoughts in an intelligible manner. They will appear as God Talk 1, God Talk 2, etc. Some of you may not be interested in this topic, but truly it’s the most important subject of all.
Do you ever have the feeling that you are an alien from another world? Sometimes I do. All around me I see scenes of evil and ugliness, but these things repel me. On the contrary, I am attracted by love and beauty and light. Why is this so? Why should badness and ugliness repel while goodness and beauty attract? Does my inmost soul retain a distant memory or reflection of God’s perfect world – of paradise?
Pursuing the same line of thought, there are times when I think of our world as being somewhat like the cave described by the Greek philosopher Plato. In this cave the shadows of perfection are dimly projected on a wall, and based on these images I recognize truth and beauty when I see it. But these are only shadows. I look forward to the truly perfect world that awaits people of faith.
In the meantime, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Then go out and serve the Lord, always assured of His love.